REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)

All member companies of the European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA) met the first registration deadline for chlorinated solvents under REACH, the European regulation covering the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals.

ECSA members have prepared in 2008 & 2009 to form a Consortium to register chlorinated solvents under REACH. In the begining of 2009 the Chlorinated Solvents REACH Consortium has been formed for five chlorinated substances, with ReachCentrum acting as secretariat for the consortium. The consortium members have agreed to cooperate, under the leadership of one lead company/lead registrant per substance in the preparation of a joint registration dossier for each of the 5 substances.

The following substances (EC number; CAS number) have been successfully registered by ECSA members in 2010:

  • Dichloromethane or Methylene Chloride  (200-838-9; 75-09-2)
  • Chloroform or Trichloromethane  (200-663-8; 67-66-3)
  • Carbon Tetrachloride or Tetrachloromethane  (200-262-8; 56-23-5)
  • Trichloroethylene (201-167-4; 79-01-6)
  • Tetrachloroethylene or Perchloroethylene (204-825-9; 127-18-4)

More information about this REACH Consortium, including information for the SIEF is found on here

 

Authorisation of Trichloroethylene

Trichloroethylene has been added to ANNEX XIV of REACH on the 21st of April 2013 with the following dates:

-        Application Date: October 21, 2014 (Date by which applications for authorization must be submitted to allow continued uses after the sunset date),

-        Sunset Date: (April 21, 2016)

Trichloroethylene can only be used after the sunset date  when a downstream user or his supplier holds and authorization for a particular use or the use falls under certain exemptions such as intermediate use or use in scientific research and development below 1mt/year (which includes the use in quality control). Please contact your supplier if Trichloroethylene is mandatory for your operation and you want to continue to use it.

Please refer to the webpage of the European Chemical Agency ECHA for further information on authorisation.

 

Revision: 02/2018

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
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IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. 
These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 

 

UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.

New Study on DCM

October 2016

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for methylene chloride (DCM). A publication is expected soon in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The outcome of the study shows that below a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.